Trent Williams, Fred Davis Suspended For Four Games For Failed Drug Tests

The NFL has announced what was widely reported: tight end Fred Davis and tackle Trent Williams will be suspended four games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. That means their seasons will end.

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Mike Shanahan, Washington Redskins Players Comment On Trent Williams, Fred Davis Suspensions

ASHBURN - Deep into his Wednesday press conference, Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan was able to summarize his feelings on the suspensions of his two best offense players, Trent Williams and Fred Davis, in succinct fashion.

"Am I disappointed in them?", the coach asked rhetorically. "Big time."

Disappointment was the buzzword of the day at Redskins Park, one in which talk centered around another off-field drama rather than on their upcoming opponent, the New England Patriots.

"I think our whole team feels let down," Shanahan said. "There's no question about it. Everybody should feel let down. Everybody's accountable for what they do. "

The morning started with Williams and Davis addressing their teammates in a team meeting, apologizing to them for failing multiple drug tests and being suspended for the rest of the season.

"They talked to us today in the team meeting, letting us know that they're remorseful and apologetic about it." said quarterback Rex Grossman. "They feel bad enough. It's a tough situation for them."

By all accounts, their apology felt genuine.

"They were men enough today to talk to the team and say ‘Hey, we did screw up, and we promise you it won't happen again. " Shanahan recalled. "We will find out in the future if they're true to their word."

"They messed up," added veteran receiver Santana Moss. "[I'm] pretty sure a lot of guys make mistakes, and pretty sure they'll learn from it. [It's] something that you would hope that they'd never have to deal with this kind of situation ever again."

It's a tough situation not only because Williams and Davis' seasons are over, but because their suspensions are yet another blow to an already struggling offense. Washington's offense had already lost four starters due to injury for the season. With this latest news, that number is now up to six.

"The way the season's been going, we hadn't been winning a lot of games," cornerback DeAngelo Hall said. "So we need as much firepower as we can get. It's going to be tough [without them], but the show must go on."

"It's tough," Moss echoed. "Especially when  you're young, especially when you're a guy like Fred having one of the years he's having, especially a guy like Trent, only in his second year and has the potential to be one of the best tackles in this game."

While the big picture for Williams and Davis looks very cloudy, the fact of the matter is that there is a game to be played Sunday against New England. The team will likely have reserve Sean Locklear take Williams place at left tackle and backup Logan Paulsen take over for Davis. Not exactly murderers row.

On a team whose season was already spiraling out of control due to on-field issues, the latest off-field drama to hit Ashburn has much longer lasting effects than the last four weeks of the 2011 season. Should Davis or Williams be caught once again, they would be subject to a one-year suspension by the NFL. And with Davis entering free agency come March, it isn't likely he'll be at the top of teams' shopping lists.

As for Williams, Shanahan's first draft pick in Washington, he has three more years under contract, so he's not going anywhere. The question for the talented left tackle out of Oklahoma is whether or not this will be the end of the line for his use of banned substances.

With the two of them being down to their last strike, the organization is hoping that this is the last straw.

"Are they smart enough to go down the right path?" Shanahan wondered aloud. "I'm hoping they do."


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Trent Williams, Fred Davis Suspensions Made Official; Redskins' Players Will Miss Four Games Without Pay

What has been reported for several days has now finally been confirmed. Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis and offensive lineman Trent Williams have been suspended for four games for the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy. The NFL sent out the following message about the suspensions:

Fred Davis and Trent Williams of the Washington Redskins have been suspended without pay for the team’s next four games for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.  Their suspensions begin immediately. They will be eligible to return to the Redskins’ active roster on Monday, January 2 following the team’s January 1 game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Davis were suspended for reportedly smoking marijuana during the NFL season. They also were caught during the lockout, but as part of a settlement, that offense was overlooked. Both players are key pieces for the Redskins and both were having very strong seasons.

The news does mean that if the Redskins somehow make a miraculous late-season playoff run, the two will be available to play. Barring that, though, their seasons will be over.

For more on the Redskins, please visit Hogs Haven.


Can The Redskins Win Without Trent Williams, Fred Davis?

The Washington Redskins lost two of the young offensive playmakers on Sunday when Trent Williams and Fred Davis were suspended for the last four games of the year. Davis had been the only consistent receiving threat all year while Williams continued to show some flashes. They might not be the best players in the NFL, but Dan Daly of the Washington Times wonders if the Redskins can win another game without them.

It only figures to get more frustrating — if not dangerous — for Grossman in the weeks ahead. With Rex playing more sanely and Helu emerging as an every-down back, the offense had begun to show a pulse in the loss to Dallas and the come-from-behind win at Seattle. But now you have to wonder whether the Redskins have seen their last Victory Monday this season, whether they’re on a Streetcar Named 4-12. Even 2-10 Minnesota and nose-diving Philadelphia might be too much for them in their depleted state.

The offense was hitting a little bit of a stride, relatively speaking I suppose, so the losses of the most important offensive lineman and the best receiving threat will certainly hurt them drastically.


Redskins Vs. Jets: Off-Field Drama Eclipses On-Field Performance Yet Again For Redskins

The Redskins' loss to the Jets on Sunday was overshadowed by the return of off-field drama, this time thanks to Fred Davis and Trent Williams' substance abuse suspensions.


Jets Vs. Redskins: Trent Williams, Fred Davis Don't Comment On Reported Drug Suspensions

Trent Williams and Fred Davis did not comment on the reported four-game drug suspensions both got from the NFL after the Washington Redskins' 34-19 loss to the New York Jets. That's because the Redskins ushered them out of the locker room before reporters arrived, according to multiple reports.

The remaining Redskins were told not to comment on the record about the suspensions, according to ESPN 980's Chris Russell. However, many did comment anyway, saying they knew for a while. One player said this, via CSN Washington's Ryan O'Halloran:

One player said: "We all know the rules. They give us a list of what you can't take; if you have a question, the number is right there."

The violation is the third for both players, but one was excused because it happened during the lockout grace period. Neither player can appeal because the four-game suspension was by virtue of a compromise already. There are four games left in the Redskins' season, so both Williams and Davis will not play again this year.

For more on the Redskins vs. Jets game, visit this StoryStream. For more on the Redskins, please visit Hogs Haven. For the Jets perspective, please visit SB Nation New York and Gang Green Nation.


Trent Williams, Fred Davis Suspensions Were For Third Drug Offense, According To Report

Fred Davis and Trent Williams have been suspended for four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy, according to Sports Illustrated's Jim Trotter. The suspensions will kick in starting next week, and with four games left in the year, their seasons are effectively over. However, it could have been even worse. According to Trotter, this is actually the third offense for both players, and normally that would have been a season-long suspension.

Davis and Williams were informed earlier in the week that they would be suspended for the year because their positive test for marijuana occurred during the season and was at least their third offense under the policy.

However, according to Trotter, the suspensions were reduced as part of a negotiated period between the NFLPA and the league, since the violations occurred in the grace period between the lockout and the season. That eliminated one of the three positive tests. The suspension was for a positive test during the season, but because the ones during the lockout were removed, it acted as the de-facto second suspension.

For more on the suspensions, visit this StoryStream. For more on the Redskins, visit Hogs Haven.


Trent Williams, Fred Davis Suspended For Rest Of Season For Failed Drug Tests, According To Report

According to reports, tight end Fred Davis and tackle Trent Williams will be suspended four games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

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